About the artist

Moissey Kogan (1879, Orhei, Moldavia – 1943, Auschwitz, Poland), Russian name: Моисей Герцевич Коган, Moisej Gertsevitsj Kogan, was a Russian-Jewish artist. He was a sculptor, etcher, woodcutter, lino cutter, ceramist, medallist, designer. Though educated in accordance with the Jewish tradition, he trained under Wilhelm von Rümann at the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) in Munich in 1903. In 1910, he moved to Paris, where he was influenced and admired by Aristide Maillol and Auguste Rodin. He exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, and in 1925, he was elected a vice president of its Sculpture Committee. Kogan exhibited in many galleries in Paris, Berlin, The Hague and European cities. Between the periods 1924-1928 and 1933-1936 Kogan lived in the Netherlands. He became friends with the painter Hendrik Wiegersma, whose house in Deurne was a meeting place for many artists. There he met Ossip Zadkine, Otto van Rees and Jan Engelman. The materials Kogan used for his sculptures, are bronze, terracotta, plaster and wood. Kogans works are included in the collections of museums worldwide.